The benefits system in Wales

Closs-Davis, S, Gwilym, H and Beck, DJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4600-6905 2021, The benefits system in Wales , Welsh Affairs Committee, House of Commons.

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Abstract

This evidence supports the call for further devolution of powers in Wales, especially those that increase the ability for Wales to tackle poverty. Doing so, our work here evidence that the 10 years of austerity following the election of the Coalition Government of 2010 opened a chasm for rising socio-inequalities for Wales. This chasm has ensured that low-income people and communities in Wales were hit hard because of Covid-19 and during lockdown. In this evidence we call for further devolution of powers that will enable the Welsh Government to provide equitable financial stability for the people of Wales. Our evidence draws on our own primary research and is supported by a wealth of secondary research from academics, activists and civil society organisations who work on the frontline in supporting those in needs across Wales. This evidence discusses the current levels of poverty in Wales and highlights the rising incidence of food bank use as a key identifier. Moreover, the evidence also acknowledges the potential economic impact in Wales as the pandemic dust settles and discusses the attainment (and gaps) of Local Assistance Schemes, furlough, taxation, UC, and the recent £20 uplift. Finally, we end with a significant discussion of evidence surrounding the proposal for a trial of a Universal Basic Income in Wales and discuss the link between this and the Wellbeing of Future Generations in Wales.

Item Type: Other
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Welsh Affairs Committee, House of Commons
Publisher: Welsh Affairs Committee, House of Commons
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Depositing User: DJ Beck
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 13:46
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 13:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61869

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